Let's face it, these days not everyone has the time -- or desire to sit down in front of the TV and catch up on all the latest news. National Public Radio, or NPR if you prefer, has recently updated the Android version of its services, which allows you to listen and read news more, catered to your interests on the go. Some great changes took place within the app to make it easier than ever to take in the information you prefer most. They've updated the UI, added a new audio player and improved the whole user experience and now you can:
Read, listen, or create a playlist of your favorite NPR stories and share with friends.
Hear live streams from hundreds of NPR stations: search by location (GPS) or zip code / call letters
Listen to programs like Morning Edition, All Things Considered, Talk of the Nation, Fresh Air, and Wait, Wait…Don’t Tell Me More
The updated version is available now in the Android Market. If you frequent listening to NPR or have tried the app in the past and weren't impressed -- try the new improved version. Download can be found after the break for you all.
From the better-late-than-never department, Sprint has issued a press release officially opposing the planned AT&T purchase of T-Mobile. There have been rumors of a Sprint/T-mobile merger for more than a year, which either weren't true or just didn't pan out, but Sprint believes a T-Mobile/AT&T merger "would entrench AT&T’s and Verizon’s duopoly control over the wireless market."
I'm a T-Mobile subscriber, but at this point I don't care who I make the check out to, as this is likely the only way I'll ever see LTE where I live. Let's just hope it doesn't end up costing me an arm and a leg. Hit the break for the full press release.
You may not be familiar with the name James Gosling, but you're a fan of his work. In 1994, he practically invented Java -- the programming language, the compiler, and the virtual machine to run it all -- while working at Sun Microsystems. This not only got him elected to the U.S. National Academy of Engineering, it helped him become an officer of the Order of Canada. If you are using a computer on the Internet, or an Android phone, you're using his work now. We can sum it all up by saying the dude is a genius of the highest caliber.
And now he's coming to work for Google. Mr. Gosling did not stay on when Oracle bought out Sun, and by all accounts didn't agree with Oracle's methods. He also gives a unique insight about the Oracle/Google patent dispute:
"During the integration meetings between Sun and Oracle, where we were being grilled about the patent situation between Sun and Google, we could see the Oracle lawyer's eyes sparkle."
We can't be sure Mr. Gosling will be working with Android development, he isn't even sure yet what his daily routine will be at Mt. View, but whatever he touches will likely get better. [cnet news]
The HTC Droid Incredible has had a rough life. Between supply issues, problems sourcing components, and the difficult time folks had rooting it, a lot of people had to wait a long time to to get one in their hands, and make it their own. All that is behind us now, and even with new models coming out people still love the DInc. With good reason -- its unique style and huge development community make it the perfect phone for anyone on Verizon who likes to tinker.
Android Central forums member PvilleComp shows us all the above is true with his review of Incredibly Re-Engineered for the DInc. This one is a complete re-work of HTC Sense, and by all accounts will make you think you have a different phone compared to stock. In the words of the developer chingy51o it's "Fast, Beautiful, and Simply Magnificent". Who am I to argue? Read all about it, after the jump. Thanks, Mike!
I guess this is a testament as to how many people out there love CyanogenMod 7. The latest Release Candidate hasn't even fully populated in ROM Manager as of yet and already our inbox has been slammed with people letting us know CyanogenMod 7 RC3 is now available for some devices. Hit the source link for the downloads to see if your device is listed. In the meantime -- if you're looking for any sort of change log and such you will need to hit up the CyanogenMod forums for complete details on each device. [CyanogenoMod] Thanks to everyone who sent this in!
Google TV hit with high expectations, it's yet to really disrupt the television experience the way many had hoped. Maybe it's the content providers dragging their feet, or that Android applications haven't yet been set free on the devices. But no matter the cause, Google TV's a good idea that's aging quickly.
So where's it stand for you? Are you rocking the Logitech Revue (seen above) or Sony Internet TV? Are you waiting for the next generation? Or did you stay away, thinking it's all DOA anyway? Cast your vote, then sound off in the comments.
Samesung has teamed up with online retailer Wirefly to offer 500 of its fans $100 off on either the Fascinate or Galaxy Tab on Verizon. To get in on the deal, you need to have 'liked' Samsung's Facebook page and click on the "$100 promo" link that will appear on the left side of the page once the sale goes live around noon EST today. You can also "like" the page once the sale goes live and you will get the coupon code automatically. The sale drops the price of the Fascinate down to free, while the Galaxy Tab will run you just $99 but both will require two-year contracts. Check out the full press release after the break. [Facebook]
App developer Federico Carnales has announced that LauncherPro, his popular homescreen replacement, has been updated to version 0.8.4. The new version includes performance optimizations and 3D app drawer fixes for Gingerbread, as well as two new screen transition effects. LauncherPro Plus customers will also get a new Gmail widget, along with bug fixes for the existing Twitter and Facebook widgets.
Fede has also revealed that due to changes to the Android Market's terms and conditions, the PayPal option for buying LauncherPro Plus will soon be phased out in favor of Market-based purchases. This will only affect new purchases of LauncherPro Plus, and LPP keys bought through PayPal will still be valid after the switch-over.
Join us after the jump for a QR code and Market link for the new version of LauncherPro. The .apk file is also available for download over at the source link. [LauncherPro]
Have a shiny new HTC Thunderbolt, itching to be rooted, but only have a Mac with which to do the deed? You're in luck -- our very own Cory Streater happens to love his MacBook Pro, and he's the type who can't sleep well when he has an unrooted Android laying around. He's taken the time to work up an excellent tutorial, complete with a single download for all the needed files.
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